Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Highlights from the September 18, 2019 Board Meeting

Published on: 9/19/2019

Five Years in a Row! SCCPSS Graduation Rate Outperforms the State Average!

The Georgia Department of Education has released SY 2018-19 graduation rates for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System.  SCCPSS improved its cohort graduation rate by more than a point over last year – rising from 86.6% to 87.8%. That number surpasses the state rate for the fifth year in a row. The state of Georgia’s rate is 82% - an all-time high since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law. The most recently published national rate is 84% from the 2016-17 School Year. SCCPSS Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett says, "We are encouraged to see another year of improvement in our cohort graduation rate. I am very proud of our students, staff, teachers, and administrators for their hard work in achieving another impressive milestone. This success is due to the efforts of many across the district and community who work diligently to provide high quality, engaging, and relevant learning experiences for students in grades Pre-K through grade 12."

Board Approves No Make-up Days for Hurricane Dorian School Closure
On Tuesday, September 3, 2019 through Friday, September 6, 2019 the District was closed due to the dangerous weather conditions associated with Hurricane Dorian. Governor Kemp instituted a State of Emergency beginning on August 29, 2019 and followed with a mandatory evacuation order for all Chatham County residents living east of interstate 95 beginning Monday, September 2, 2019.  

Based on the timing of this incident, the possibility for future emergency weather interruptions, and the flexibility available for modification to the academic calendar, the Superintendent recommended that no make-up days shall be utilized at this time. This recommendation was approved by the Board of Education. Further information pertaining to the administrative work calendars will be provided in a separate communication. 

To read the Board action regarding the academic school calendar, click here: http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWRPB6ECC31

Board Approves Request for Waiver from State Board Rule 160-4-2.34(2)(g)(v) Dual Enrollment Option B Requirements
The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System requests a SWSS contract amendment to include a waiver on School Board Rule 160-4-2-.34(2)(g)(v) Dual Enrollment Option B Requirements. The waiver will allow flexibility from the following statement and will align Dual Enrollment requirements with local Board policies related to graduation requirements. (v) A student who meets the requirements of sections (2)(g) 1. (i) through (iv) shall be deemed to have met all graduation requirements of the State Board of Education and shall not be subject to any courses or assessments otherwise required for purposes of graduation. The district reserves the right to add additional coursework or other requirements for awarding a high school graduation diploma.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWRPR6EDD3B

District Accountability System Updates
The Board approved modifications to the District Improvement Plan/District Accountability System – Reporting, Evaluating, and Monitoring Instrument (DIP/DAS-REMI) for SY 2019-20. The DAS-REMI is a data-driven accountability manual that provides a straightforward, measurable, transparent tool for assessing district performance in academic and non-academic areas. See the summary of changes here:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANTQ611E92

Charter School Comprehensive Performance Framework Approved
The SY 2020 Charter School Comprehensive Performance Framework and Chevron Report Template was approved as a monitoring and management tool of locally approved Charter Schools as required by School Board Rule 160-4-9-.06.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFGSQB73592C

Charter School Financial Reports
At the Informal Meeting of the Board, representatives from each of the district’s Charter Schools provided financial reports to the Board. The reports can be found by clicking on the links below:

Coastal Empire Montessori Charter School:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFAP48616557

Oglethorpe Charter School:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWRHP6E1A3A

Savannah Classical Charter School:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWRHU6E2157

Susie King Taylor Community School:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWRHY6E25B2

Tybee Island Maritime Academy:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWRJ36E299F

Transportation Update
Board members were presented with a report on Transportation and efforts to meet the District Accountability goals regarding efficiency, costs and customer satisfaction. See the full report here:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFAP476162FE

ESPLOST UPDATES!
The Facilities and Operations Division presented a report to the Board on the status of ESPLOST projects throughout the District that included updates on everything from the new White Bluff Elementary to the Multi-School Campus in Garden City.  The Board also learned of the District’s work to manage our ESPLOST resources effectively and with care to make sure we are providing our students with the most modern and useful facilities in a manner that delivers projects on time and on budget! Hats off to the team in Facilities and Operations
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANYW611F38

Islands High Athletic Complex Scoreboard Purchase Approved
The Board approved the award of RFP C20-05 (ESPLOST) – Islands Stadium Video Scoreboard to Formetco, Inc. at a total cost of $199,946.00.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANWS611EF4

Sharing the Good News!

The Superintendent’s Student of the Month for August was announced. Congratulations to Jeremy Williams, Jr. – a 4th grader from Jacob G. Smith Elementary School.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANT4611E7E

Finance Division Excellence Award
Congratulations to the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools Finance team. The Government Finance Officers Association has found that the District’s annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by our employees. Congratulations to all!
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWTBF7691E0

Community Partner: Yoga Instruction

Throughout our school district, students are provided unique experiences and opportunities through the contributions of our community partners. Since the Fall of 2016, Dr. Liliairica Macias-Moriarity, Dr. Doretha Walker and Chatham County Recorder’s Court Chief Judge Tammy Stokes have worked with over 200 third and fifth graders at Heard Elementary School through the Wise and Well Program. The group has also provided an overview and training for 25 teachers at the new Early Learning Center at Henderson E. Formey, Jr. School to provide teacher-led programming. Standardized measures have shown decreases in symptoms of anxiety for participating third and fifth grade students after just six weeks. We want to thank these community partners for their donation of time and expertise to provide this wonderful experience for our students.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANSZ611E7B

Professional Senate Report
A report from the latest meeting of the Superintendent’s Professional Senate was presented by our Teacher of the Year and Instructional Support Person of the Year.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANT8611E82

September is National Attendance Month
The Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education proclaimed that our schools will stand with the nation in recognizing September as "Attendance Awareness Month" to demonstrate the importance of school attendance and its positive influence on a student’s ability to learn, grow, and thrive.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFGSQN737764

Policy First Reads

Policy GA and Administrative Regulation GA-R – General Personnel (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE - Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy GA – General Personnel along with the supporting regulation, and has determined a need for changes.  The policy will come back for a second read at the next regular meeting of the Board.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANTJ611E8C

Policy GAN – Employee Tobacco Use (Mid Period Review)
Pursuant to a recommendation from the GSBA Policy Service received in June 2019 regarding issues concerning Tobacco Use Policies, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy GAN and is recommending certain revisions to Board Policy GAN to include reference to any narcotic substance or controlled substance and vaping. Administration received a number of recommendations on this language and make revisions before the policy is presented to the Board for second read.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFGSPX73300C

Deletion of GAC, GAC-R, and Exhibit GAC-E(1) – Staff Involvement in Decision Making (Four Year-Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE – Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy GAC, Regulation GAC-R, and Exhibit GAC-E(1). It has been determined that the Policy, Regulation, and Exhibit can be deleted from the policy manual. The information contained in the policy and regulation is outdated and there is no legal requirement for this policy. Administration received a number of recommendations on this policy action and will consider revisions before the policy is presented to the Board for second read.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANTM611E8F

Policy JGCC and Administrative Regulation JGCC-R – Infectious Diseases (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy JGCC and has determined no changes are required. The associated regulation has also been reviewed and includes modifications. The policy will come back for a second read at the next regular meeting of the Board.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWSHD72C033

Policy Adoptions

Policy DI –Accounting and Reporting (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration has reviewed Board Policy DI – Accounting and Reporting. The policy was first presented for revision on October 11, 2019 and has now been adopted.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANXF611F09

Policy FDC and Administrative Regulation FDC-R – Naming Facilities (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE- Policy Review, District Administration reviewed Board Policy FDC and Administrative Regulation FDC-R. The policy was first presented for revision on October 11, 2019 and has now been adopted.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANXJ611F0C

Policy KH, Administrative Regulation KH-R, and Exhibit KH-E (1) – Public Gifts (Four Year Review)
Pursuant to Board Policy BDE - Policy Review, District Administration reviewed Board Policy KH - Public Gifts along with the supporting regulation and exhibit, and determined a need for changes. It has also been determined that the exhibit can be removed from the policy manual. The policy was first presented for revision on October 11, 2019 and has now been adopted.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANXM611F0F

GOSA Funding Approved
The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has awarded Savannah Chatham County Board of Education an increase of $123,000 for personalized learning specialist positions for Brock Elementary, Haven Elementary and Hodge Elementary.
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFWS7T712FAC

FY 2021 Capital Outlay Program Application
At the beginning of each fiscal year, eligible school systems may make applications for state funding for projects in their current facilities plan. Staff has developed a proposed capital outlay project list for application for FY 2021 entitlements funding. Contracts for construction of any projects identified in this application cannot be executed prior to Board approval of this application. See the proposed projects, estimated entitlements and reimbursements for FY 2021 at the link below:
http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFANXQ611F12

Student Disciplinary Hearing Officers Appointed

The individuals listed below have been approved for appointment as Student Disciplinary Hearing Officers for School Year 2019-2020:

  • Ms. Shirlee Cameron
  • Ms. Cheryl H. Clemens
  • Ms. Edith F. Combes
  • Dr. Connie S. Cooper
  • Mr. John King
  • Ms. Lynne Phillips
  • Ms. Jerelene P. Williams

http://go.boarddocs.com/ga/sccs/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=BFGTGW775ED4

Personnel Moves

Dr. Tamika Wright has been named the Interim Center Leader for Building Bridges High.

Dr. Trikia Gilbert-Collins has been named Interim Principal of Port Wentworth Elementary.

Marcus Scott has been named Principal of Myers Middle School.

September Committee Meetings

CHARTER SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
The Charter Committee Meeting previously scheduled on Friday, September 20, 2019, has been rescheduled for Friday, October 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM.
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue

AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7:45 AM
Whitney Administrative Complex
2 Laura Avenue

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